The Brumbies (for sponsorship reasons known as the Aquis Brumbies and formerly known as the ACT Brumbies ) are an Australia n professional rugby union football team competing in the Super Rugby . The team is based in Canberra , Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and named for the wild horses which inhabit the capital's hinterland. The team represents the ACT and southern New South Wales (NSW) regions.The Brumbies were formed in 1996 to provide a third Australian franchise for the newly formed Super 12 (now Super Rugby) competition. It was predicted that the Brumbies, made up of so-called 'reject' - players not wanted by the other two teams - would perform poorly. Since then, they have enjoyed more success than all the other Australian teams combined, reaching six finals and winning two.The Brumbies play in navy blue, white and gold kits. The team plays at GIO Stadium (formerly known as Bruce Stadium and Canberra Stadium) in Canberra and is currently coached by former Wallabies fly-half Stephen Larkham . Larkham shared the coaching duties with Laurie Fisher as Director of Football, after the unexpected departure of Jake White in September 2013, who had two years left on his contract, until Fisher left to become Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby after the 2014 season.

History


Rugby union football has a long history in the ACT. The British Isles opened their 1899 tour of Australia with a match in Goulburn . However, it was not until 1938 that the ACT Rugby Union was finally established.

Early years of rugby in ACT

Four clubs made up the first local competition; University, Easts, RMC and Norths. Also in 1938, a representative ACT side faced off against the All Blacks, losing 5 to 56.The first international victory for an ACT representative side was in 1973, when they defeated Tonga 17 points to six. In 1978 an ACT side defeated Wales, who were Five Nations champions at the time. ACT had trailed at half time, 6 to 16, but came back and won with a penalty kick in the final moments of the match.The ACT representative side became known as the Kookaburras in 1989. However, he was granted a release from his contract in September 2013, with two years left on his four-year contract.In 2012, the Brumbies became the first Australian Super Rugby team to host an international fixture against a touring side. On 12 June, the Brumbies played Wales at Canberra Stadium while Wales was on their 2012 Summer tour. Wales won 25-15.The Brumbies returned to form in the 2012, finishing second in the Australian conference, and seventh in the overall standings, narrowly missing the final-six and a place in the quarter finals.In 2013, the Brumbies and the other Australian super rugby teams played the British and Irish Lions as part of the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia . The Brumbies earned a hard fought 14-12 victory, the first defeat of the Lions on their tour.The Brumbies continued their strong performances in 2013 by finishing first in the Australian conference and 3rd on the ladder to make their first finals appearance since they won the Super title in 2004. After defeating the Central Cheetahs in a close home final 15 - 13, the Brumbies travelled to Pretoria to face the Bulls and again achieved victory, 23-26. The team had to travel from South Africa to New Zealand to meet the Waikato Chiefs for the championship final the following week, and the Chiefs proved to be too strong, winning the final 27-22.Following the end of the Super Rugby season the Brumbies sent a squad captained by Robbie Coleman to the invitational World Club 7s in England. The Brumbies won the series, defeating the Auckland Blues 17-14 in the final. Henry Speight was named the player of the tournament.

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Crusaders10802324:20237
2Chiefs10802342:23837
3Highlanders11803295:20537
4Hurricanes11704331:24036
5Stormers10613265:17531
6Waratahs10604256:18930
7Brumbies11704277:24729
8Bulls10613258:22128
9Lions9603268:23527
10Sharks10514206:17126
11Blues9513230:21825
12Melbourne Rebels10505235:25823
13Cheetahs11308296:29616
14Jaguares9207237:25412
15Reds11218198:30912
16Western Force10208183:32110
17Sunwolves10118219:3799
18Southern Kings10109190:4524

Recent Matches


Brumbies Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
30 Apr 2016Highlanders23 - 10Brumbies   Details
28 May 2016Brumbies66 - 5Sunwolves   Details
26 Mar 2016Cheetahs18 - 25Brumbies   Details
26 Feb 2016Brumbies52 - 10Hurricanes   Details
24 Apr 2016Brumbies14 - 40Crusaders   Details


Brumbies Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Jul 2016BrumbiesvsReds   Details
08 Jul 2016BluesvsBrumbies   Details
16 Jul 2016BrumbiesvsWestern Force   Details

Colours and name


-.-The Brumbies traditional colours are navy blue, white and gold. Their primary jersey is navy with gold trim, with navy shorts and socks. The alternate jersey is gold and yellow, generally worn for away matches. The Brumbies also have a traditional jersey which is used for games against fellow Australian Super 12 foundation teams NSW and Queensland, which reflects the original home jersey worn between 1996 and 2005. This features a navy 'saddle' across the shoulders and white below chest level, with gold trim. The primary jersey sponsor is the University of Canberra .The team is named after the wild horses which inhabit Canberra's hinterland. The Brumbies mascot is Brumby Jack . The Brumbies were originally known as the ACT Brumbies when they were accepted into the Super 12 for its inaugural season in 1996. Shortly after the 2004 season, two regional governing bodies in New South Wales - Far South Coast Rugby Union and Southern Inland Rugby Union , joined the ACT Rugby Union, which then renamed itself the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union . The team adopted a new name and logo for the 2005 season, dropping the "ACT" to become known simply as "The Brumbies". The name change identified that the team represented an area much larger than the Australian Capital Territory - with "Brumbies Territory" incorporating a number of regions through southern New South Wales including the Riverina , Shoalhaven , and Southern Highlands as well as the Sunraysia region incorporating parts of Victoria.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

PeriodKit manufacturerMajor SponsorMinor SponsorShorts Sponsor
2009ISCCA-Navy
2010-11 Kooga CA- Canberra Milk
2012 Kooga University of Canberra - Canberra Milk
2013BLK University of Canberra Land Rover Canberra Milk
2014 Classic Sportswear University of Canberra Land Rover Canberra Milk
2015 Classic Sportswear Aquis Group Land Rover Canberra Milk

Stadium


-The Brumbies play all their home fixtures at GIO Stadium , located adjacent to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. They share the ground with the Canberra Raiders rugby league team. Also, the Canberra Vikings , the Brumbies' affiliate in the short-lived Australian Rugby Championship , played one of their four regular-season home matches there. In 2003 matches from the 2003 Rugby World Cup were played at the stadium. Capacity is a nominal all-seated 25,011, however the largest crowd is actually 28,753, which was for the 2004 Super 12 Final. The Brumbies team did not use Canberra Stadium for their post-season APC games, instead taking their home fixtures to Canberra's Viking Park , which has a smaller capacity.

Rivalries


The Brumbies have traditionally had a fierce rivalry with the NSW Waratahs. The original Brumbies team was formed of rejects from the Waratahs - ironically however the Brumbies have had more success over the duration of the Super 12/14. Brumbies v. Waratahs games are notoriously difficult for the away team to win - indeed the away team has only won on two occasions, including the Brumbies 51-10 humiliation of NSW in the 2002 semi finals. Brumbies/Waratahs games routinely attract sell out attendances. Since 2012 the interstate rivalry with the Queensland Reds has intensified as the two teams have been in close competition for the automatic conference semi-final qualification spot.Another notable rival of the Brumbies is the Crusaders. The two sides have met in three grand finals (The Brumbies winning one and the Crusaders two). In common with the Waratah rivalry the away side rarely wins in encounters between the two sides. The Brumbies are the only team to have scored 50 points against the Crusaders and have recorded the highest ever score in a grand final (48 points) against this side. The Brumbies remain one of few sides to have a competitive win/loss record against the Crusaders.

Development teams


The Australian Capital Territory's two elite development squads just below full-time professional level are the Brumbies A and ACT Under 20 teams. These teams are closely aligned with the Brumbies and train at the University of Canberra, the same venue used by the Brumbies. In partnership with the University of Canberra and Tuggeranong Vikings , the Brumbies also own and manage a team in the National Rugby Championship which draws from many of the players in these development squads. - See: University of Canberra Vikings

Brumbies A

The Brumbies A team plays matches against interstate and international representative teams, and has also competed in tournaments such as the Pacific Rugby Cup . Known by various names including ACT A, ACT XV, Brumbies A, and Brumby Runners, the team is selected from the best emerging rugby talent in the ACT and Southern NSW. The squad is composed of Brumbies contracted players, extended training squad members, ACT Under 20s, and selected Premier Division club players.

Under 20

The Brumbies under 20 side competes in the National Under 20 Rugby Championship . ACT teams played in the Southern States Tournament up until 2015 and also played occasional matches against other representative sides such as Pacific Rugby Cup teams. Prior to 2008, state colts teams at under 21 and under 19 age levels were fielded in national competitions.

Honours


Super Rugby

  • Champions (2) 2001, 2004,
  • Runners-up (4) 1997, 2000, 2002, 2013
  • Australian Conference Champions (1) 2013

    Australian Provincial Championship

  • Champions (1) 2006

    World Cup Sevens

  • Champions (1) 2013

    Season standings


       
    Season Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Notes
    1996 5th 11 7 0 4 306 273 +33 4 32
    1997 2nd 11 8 0 3 406 291 +115 9 41 Lost final to Rut Blues
    1998 10th 11 3 0 8 248 364 −166 6 18
    1999 5th 11 5 0 6 278 195 +83 8 28
    2000 2nd 11 9 0 2 393 196 +197 9 45 Lost final to Rut Crusaders
    2001 1st 11 8 0 3 348 204 +144 8 40 Defeated Rut Sharks in final
    2002 2nd 11 7 0 4 374 230 +144 10 38 Lost final to Rut Crusaders
    2003 4th 11 6 0 5 358 313 +45 7 31 Lost semi-final to Rut Blues
    2004 1st 11 8 0 3 408 269 +139 8 40 Defeated Rut Crusaders in final
    2005 5th 11 5 1 5 260 266 −6 7 29
    2006 6th 13 8 1 4 326 269 +57 4 38
    2007 5th 13 9 0 4 234 173 +61 4 40
    2008 9th 13 6 0 7 277 317 −40 6 30
    2009 7th 13 8 0 5 311 305 +6 6 38
    2010 6th 13 8 0 5 358 291 +67 5 37
    2011 13th 16 4 1 11 314 437 −123 7 33
    2012 7th 16 10 0 6 404 331 +73 10 58
    2013 2nd 16 10 2 4 430 295 +135 8 60 Lost final to Rut Chiefs
    2014 4th 16 10 0 6 412 378 +34 5 45 Lost semi final to Rut Waratahs
    2015 6th 16 9 0 7 369 261 +108 11 47 Lost semi final to Rut Hurricanes
    2016 TBD - - - - - - - - TBD

    Current squad


    The current squad for the 2016 season:
    Brumbies Super Rugby squad
    Props
  • Allan Alaalatoa
  • Ben Alexander
  • Les Makin
  • Scott Sio
  • Ruan Smith
  • Hookers
  • Albert Anae
  • Joshua Mann-Rea
  • Stephen Moore (c)
  • Robbie Abel EPS
  • Locks
  • Rory Arnold
  • Sam Carter
  • Blake Enever
  • Tom Staniforth
  • Loose forwards
  • Jarrad Butler
  • Scott Fardy
  • David Pocock
  • Jordan Smiler
  • Ita Vaea
  • Michael WellsEPS
  • Scrum-halves
  • Tomás Cubelli
  • Michael Dowsett
  • Joe PowellEPS
  • Fly-halves
  • Nick Jooste
  • Matt Toomua
  • Jordan Jackson-Hope U20
  • Centres
  • Nigel Ah Wong
  • Tevita Kuridrani
  • Christian Lealiifano (c)
  • Andrew Smith
  • Wings
  • James Dargaville
  • Henry Speight
  • Lausii Taliauli
  • Joe Tomane
  • Aidan Toua
  • Fullbacks
  • Robbie Coleman
  • (c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, EPS denotes extended playing squad and U20 denotes players included from the Under-20 squad.

    Notable players


  • Owen Finegan
  • Patricio Noriega
  • David Giffin
  • George Gregan
  • Julian Huxley
  • Stephen Larkham
  • Jeremy Paul
  • Joe Roff
  • George Smith
  • Matt Giteau
  • Stirling Mortlock
  • Bill Young
  • Clyde Rathbone
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • 100 Club


  • 142 - George Smith
  • 136 - George Gregan
  • 116 - Stephen Larkham
  • 112 - Jeremy Paul
  • 101 - Stirling Mortlock
  • 100 - Bill Young
  • 103 - Mark Chisholm
  • 101 - Christian Lealiifano
  • Note: Players in Bold are still playing Super Rugby.

    Coaches


    Since Super 12 (Games-Win-Loss-Draw-Win%)
  • Rod McQueen  - 1996-97 (24-16-8-0-67%)
  • Eddie Jones - 1998-2001 (48-28-20-0-58%)
  • David Nucifora  - 2002-04 (38-24-14-0-63%)
  • Laurie Fisher  - 2005-08 (50-28-20-2-56%)
  • Andy Friend  - 2009-11 (28-17-11-0-61%)
  • Tony Rea  - 2011 (14-3-11-0-21%)
  • Jake White  - 2012-13 (35-20-10-2 57%)
  • Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher  - 2014 ( 10-7-3-0-70%) (As of 8 May 2014)
  • Stephen Larkham  - 2015-present
  • Team records


  • Highest point scorer in a career  - Stirling Mortlock (994 points, 1998- (round 13, 2009))
  • Highest point scorer in a season  - Stirling Mortlock (194 points, 2000)
  • Highest try scorer in a career  - Joe Roff (57 tries, 1996 to 2004)
  • Highest try scorer in a season  - Joe Roff (15 tries, 1997)
  • Largest defeat  - 44-10  - Waratahs (1995/1996  - Super 12)
  • Largest Victory  - 64-0 - Cats (Now known as the Lions) (2001), 79-15 - Bulls (1999)